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WordSmitten :: Holiday Special :: Craft of Writing

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This holiday show brings together the brightest authors of nonfiction to discuss the craft of writing. This is a repeat of a recent show.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Mr. Gay Talese, joins Kate again, along with the beloved late author Sherry Ellis (NOW WRITE! NONFICTION: Memoir, Journalism, and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers) for a fast-paced hour about what works for writers. Also joining Kate for this hour is the notable and award-winning David Vann. Tune in to the fun. Mr. Gay Talese. His books include: (The Kingdom and the Power, recently reissued in trade paperback by Random House); the inside story of a Mafia family (Honor Thy Father); the changing moral values of America between World War II and the era before AIDS (Thy Neighbor's Wife); a historical memoir about his family's immigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II (Unto the Sons, also recently reissued by Random House); The Bridge, about the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows span between Brooklyn and Staten Island; New York: A Serendipiter's Journey, a series of vignettes and essays on New York; and Fame and Obscurity, a collection of his articles principally from the pages of Esquire magazine, where he was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called "The New Journalism." His most recent book is A Writer's Life, a memoir about the inner workings of a writer's life and the interplay between experience and writing. Gay Talese lives with his wife, Nan, in New York City. He is working on a book about marriage for Knopf. Sherry Ellis. An educator and writing coach, she has taught in Concord, Massachusetts. Her two books, NOW WRITE! and NOW WRITE! NONFICTION are resources for emerging writers who want to begin a writing career. David Vann writes for Esquire, among other notable magazines, and is a professor at USF in California.